Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Drumroll Please!

I know you have all been anxious to know who won the first give away by The Hobbyist on Drake!

I shall not make you wait any longer!


Kimberlee has won a set of 2 redneck wineglasses in honor of my Ralph's 4th Birthday!

This was her entry:
"My favorite hobby is estate, rummage sales, and flea markets. Buying what others see as junk and repurposing it."

Thank you to all that entered! It was fun reading the responses! 

Look for more giveaways from The Hobbyist on Drake!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

My deepest apology:

I feel as if I haven't been as active with my projects as of late...Actually I know I haven't and this is why:

I have been completely engrossed in these books. However, I am on the last one, and should be back to my normal busy self by Monday. 
However, Jeremy seems to like that I am lost in these books, and is excited at the idea of me starting another book series...
I don't know if I will be up for that though. These books are so intense! After hearing everyone else rave about them, I borrowed them from my friend Scott, and haven't been able to put them down. 
I know I will be wrecked when they are over, like I always am when I finish a series, but there is some major silver lining...

The movie comes out this March! I couldn't be more excited!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Big Bang Theory:

So this past weekend I got a new haircut! I was so excited to go in and get it done because it seems like it has been forever and a day since I have done something really new.
As most ladies know, trying something new with your hair can be quite nerve wracking!
"How is it going to look?!" "Is my husband/boyfriend/sig. other going to like it?!" "What if I hate it?!"
All questions we ask ourselves before going under the sheers and the trusted hands of our hairdressers.
Once that first swoop of the razor, or crisp stroke of the scissors hits, you get that little punch in the gut of "Holy S*#t! What have I done?!".
But as she continues cutting and shaping, (hopefully) you begin to calm down a little, and are just excited to see the end result.
Once the dryer fires up you have a better idea of what you're in for. After enduring the heat and the pulling and the combing - finally it stops. You sit in silence while the finishing touches are applied before the dramatic spin of that trusty salon chair.
Without a choice, you stare into the looking glass and find a new (hopefully) improved you staring back.
That's what I did on Saturday, and this is what I had looking back at me:

So what do you think?! I love it! So different! I haven't had bangs in YEARS, so it was a welcome change! Jeremy's aunt Luanne did a fantastic job. So happy to have a new look that is SO different than what I have had recently!
Just thought I would share this since I didn't really have any projects that I did over the weekend. I was WAY too into NFL playoffs and The Hunger Games. (You absolutely MUST read these books if you haven't yet, btw!)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Time for a Giveaway!

My beloved Ralph is turning 4 on the 31st of January, and so I thought that I would celebrate with a giveaway!

I have a set of two redneck wineglasses up for grabs! Here are the rules/instructions:

1. Share this link: http://drakehobbyist.blogspot.com/ in your facebook status.
2. Click here and comment on my wall and tell me what your favorite craft is. You can post a photo, or just type it out. Whatever you wanna do!

That's it! Its so simple! Then on Tuesday the 31st, I will pick a winner!

Winner will be picked at random, and will take home a set of those adorable redneck wineglasses! 

Good Luck everyone!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Little Bit Country...

One of my favorite things that I have seen in the last couple years is something called "Redneck wine glasses".
When Jeremy and I were planning our wedding, I looked at these at a few different places, and never saw them for a price I was willing to pay. $20 was the cheapest I had seen these. Not cheap enough for this lady!
So I finally took it upon myself to make my own, and let me tell you: they couldn't be more simple!
My first try was a little "iffy"...I read somewhere to use hot glue? Sorry Sally. NOT an awesome outcome. But then my friend Allison told me to try epoxy. Allison was right! SO much better looking! So here we are!

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Keep in mind, you do not need to indeed be a "redneck" to LOVE these! The would be adorable for a rustic wedding, or any kind of cute primitive decor! Find them in the Hobby Shop, and in my Etsty store!

Monday, January 16, 2012


So sitting here on my lunch break (since I don't get the holiday off.) I am reflecting on the great weekend that I had. (I hope you did too of course!)
I was so excited for Saturday, because I got to go to someplace that I have been DYING to try!

So there is this place in Des Moines called ZOMBIE BURGER + DRINK LAB. It is awesome-sauce. Click here to look at their boss website. (You'll be glad you did.)

Now, by looking at my blog it might look as though I nice lady like myself wouldn't be totally digging the undead. If this is indeed the conclusion that you have reached, then prepare to have your mind blown - zombies are kind of my fave! So you can imagine my excitement upon learning such a place existed! So after bugging Jeremy for what seemed like forever about making a voyage to Des Moines to try this place, his co-worker (and our friend of course) Jane wanted to celebrate her birthday there. (Her birthday is today by the way. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANE!)

So with everything in place, we made the trip up there. The fact that they are so popular, coupled with the other fact that there were 10 people in our party, we had kind of a long wait. An hour and a half or so actually. BUT that was totally fine because we plopped ourselves at the bar, watched the Saints lose (YAY!) and took in the decor.

It was VERY cool. Most of the artwork had kind of a graphic novel sort of feel to it, and it kind of reminded me of The Walking Dead books. I was expecting a little more "cheese" if you will as far as the interior of the place goes. I was happily surprised! They didn't go all out gore, or costumes or anything like that. It was more "realistic" I guess you could say....I don't quite know how to explain it, but it was kind of artsy, kind of industrial, and a lot awesome.

The menus were also a kind of work of art. The do a spin on a newspaper as if there has already been an outbreak, or infestation. I thought it was a genius idea! So fun! I happen to love stuff like that. They didn't over-do anything, it wasn't an in your face THIS IS A ZOMBIE THEME!!!! It was very much a take it or leave it type thing, and I like to think they got it just right.

Now, to the food. Oh my Lord, the food! First off, let me just say that there are very few "normal" choices on the menu. (The section of the menu that reads "Gourmet Bashed Burgers" is kind of indicative.)

Jeremy and I made the most of things by ordering two different burgers, splitting them in half, and swapping with each other. So I got to enjoy 1/2 of  "The Walking Ched" which was a special grind patty with bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized and raw onion, and mayo in between a breaded and deep fried macaroni and cheese "bun". Then I also got 1/2 of Jeremy's "They're coming to get you Barbara!" which was a special grind patty, American cheese, caramelized onion, bacon, and zombie sauce with two grilled cheese sandwiches as a bun. Long story short, it was DELICIOUS! Oh my gosh, SO good! Of course with my sweet tooth, I also had with my dinner one of their amazeballs shakes. I had the "zombie bride wedding cake" shake which was vanilla ice cream and yellow cake mix, but I also had it spiked with some cake flavored vodka. YUM! My friend Allison had the "peanut butter banana" shake, which was also delicious.

So now that I have a new favorite place to eat, I HIGHLY recommend that you try it next time you're in Des Moines. Or heck, you should probably even take a special trip up there (or down there depending on your location) just to experience it!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Some more pinterest...

So all of my late nights spent on pinterest have given me a never-ending list of projects! I thought this would be a good random Sunday adventure, and I was so right! Some scrapbook paper, picture frame, a scissors, a plan, and some patience, and you're in business! Then once you get it in the frame, you can write on it like a dry erase board! So clever, and so easy! This was my first try doing this particular project, and I know I have plenty of room to improve (measuring!), but I still think its adorable!

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Thank God for pinterest for constantly adding to my to do list!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Just real quick...

Happy Friday the 13th!
Today I didn't undertake anything too big, but its another pinterest idea...
I had seen a big frame with string and clothes pins to gold photos and LOVED it so here we are!
Also I am writing this post from my phone! I am trying something new....we will see how I like it....

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Enjoy the weekend kids! I am hoping to make a stop and a big hobby store and I have some dinner plans that will surely make it to the blog too! Have fun!

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Hello lovelies!
I am on my lunch break, and thought I would share my newest creation with you!
Again, I originally found this idea on Pinterest, so I made it, and I really love it!

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Chalkboard Wine Glasses!

So when you have a party and everyone is drinking the same thing, you will know which glass belongs to which drinker! YAY! These are available in my Etsy store, as well as in my Hobby Shop!

Monday, January 9, 2012

How easily my day can be made...

So this is just something quick, that I had to share.
If you're on pinterest, (Click here to follow me!) you have probably seen the Ryan Gossling feminist pictures. I must tell you that I really LOVE these! I think they are hilarious!
Well today my co-worker Afton sent me this one on facebook.....I literally lol'ed! I think he really means this, and he is talking to me. ;)
But really, how fitting is this?!

My Monday has been made. Officially.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Pinterest Project...

Happy Weekend everyone!
We made it through the work week, and here we are on another weekend!
I was so excited that I woke up, ran to the store, and started crafting nice and early! I have seen a trillion of these on pinterest, and have been dying to make one of my own, so today was the day! I was doing the mason jar shelf!
They are so simple and ADORABLE! Here is my finished product:

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The only thing that is misleading on here, is the stars...they aren't actually attached to the shelf. They are bouquet picks in the jar. Pictured to the right is a closer look at the jar and the color of the shelf. I used one of my favorite crafting products; the crackle paint to achieve this look. I normally don't really get into the teals and such colors for the home, but I thought I would give it a shot this time, and I am so glad that I did! I think these colors are so great! Just a pop of color, and almost a Spring feel - I just love it! The shelf as a unit is pretty versatile! Jeremy and I were talking about how you can use it for "supplies", or flower vases, and his favorite, plant a little herb garden in the jars! I am so excited about this project in particular because it was more assembly and a little bit of building and measuring than just using Sally and winging it. (Not that I don't still love her of course!)

I love these so much, that I am going to start taking orders for them! I can do pretty much any color, size and number of jars. Price will obviously depend on how many jars, how long etc. but one this size will run just $20! Click my 'contact' tab to e-mail me, or leave me a comment if you're interested! I will also negotiate shipping if need be!

Ralph was jealous and thought that he should be included in this post as well....he says "Order one of these from my Mom! She is awesome, and these are awesome, and you'll be awesome too!"

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Just something simple and quick...

Hello my lovelies!
Today after work I was wanting to blow off some steam with a quickie project...I had these frames lying around, and thought that I could make a pair.... Here is what I ended up with:

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I love it! VERY simple, but super cute if you ask me. The tin stars add a lot to them, and they are very small and LIGHT...yay for those of us who have plaster walls! The frames are for a 4" X 6" photo, so again - they're not real large - but as a pair, adorable!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012!

Happy New Year, Lovelies!
I am so excited to get started with the new year, and what a start did I have to this one!
I won my fantasy league (Something that I am very proud of, as I am the only female in the league with my husband and a bunch of our friends) Girl Power!
I also won a new apron from Cheryl's Sewing! Not bad for the first day of the year I would think!

I also kicked the year off with a new project too. I haven't done anything in a while, and I got some AWESOME-SAUCE stuff for Christmas, so I thought that I should get to work.
One of my favorite things was supplies to make mason jar soap containers. This is how my first one turned out:

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I think that it turned out pretty good! I think that these are so adorable, and I have wanted one for such a long time, but I REFUSE to spend what I have seen them priced at! So in true hobbyist fashion, I made my own! I used burlap on this one. Frustrated that the only fabric that I have currently is Christmas-y, Jeremy made the suggestion that I could just paint a strip of burlap. DUH! How did I not think of that?!
So I took his advise, and did just that.

Here is a closer look:

What do you think? I think it turned out pretty well for my first shot! I am excited to do more of these, and will likely be selling some as well!